Man Cave: In Progress

For those that remember Ive gone subterranean to work on mr. limestone's man cave, I thought I'd update you on the progress. (check here for the inspiration board) Still more to do but a few key additions are totally making a difference down there.

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We hung the old school map I gave him for Christmas. I love it. And it fits beautifully on the far wall so double score.

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Then the rug came and I am in love with it - the perfect bit of mod pattern to break up all the wood, draw the eye around and define the seating area. I know some of you are anti-chevron so avert your eyes. Huge thank you to the lovely readers who alerted me to the fact Overstock had this rug on sale - I scooped it up from them at a nice discount.

Another Christmas gift was the spooky alligator head. What says man cave more than the petrified head of a scary dead animal?

I also picked up a few cheapo travel posters from ebay (which will eventually get replaced with posters the hubs picks out himself on our travels). I haven't had a chance to hang them just yet since I'm working on some other things for the walls as well.

You already know how I made the souvenir tshirt pillows. I might make more of them later, I haven't decided if they are really needed.

Obviously I haven't done anything with the too wee coffee table. I still have no clue how to solve the problem but I dig the shape and the marble top so I'm not giving up on it yet. I'm ignoring the problem for now hoping some genius solution will come to me in my sleep.

So that's how this room is coming. What do you think? Suggestions are always welcome.

41 comments:

  1. Melissa8:42 AM

    Love this room! It looks fantastic so far. I must admit that I giggled at the alligator head, because I have one that exact size and I never know what to do with. Good to know I can stick it in somewhere and decorate with it.

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  2. Jean @ Flower Hill8:53 AM

    The room is coming along great!  You're creating a space that is "man cave" enough, but still fits with the style of your home.  Love the chevron rug!  I think the modern pattern is just what the space needed.

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  3. The room is really coming together!  Love the graphic rug!  Really fun choice!  Thanks for sharing.

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  4. I love the chevron rug.  Great find!  Your husband must be loving his new man cave.

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  5. Callie Grayson9:04 AM

    It's coming along! I love that rug!
    Can't wait to see all the artwork up.... I was also thinking about your table situation. I love the top and base, what it you buy a higher end table similar to the Eileen gray and slide it over the top. That's if the base can slide under the marble top table base. It will give it two levels
    Just a thought

    Xx
    Callie

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  6. michelle9:12 AM

    Im impressed your allowed in the man cave, Iv been sneaking things into my mans cave when hes not home, so far he hasnt said anything about antler candleholders and coushins appearing!

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  7. Looks great so far - the colors of the map looks beautiful in the room. And the rug is perfect. And I still like the table, despite its size.

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  8. Janette@The2Seasons9:50 AM

    I love the map.  We could so use one of them in our cave, too.  Was it an ebay find?

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  9. Kjafish10:26 AM

    Love the chevron rug.  Could you have casters put on the bottom of the coffee table?  That way "hubs" can move it around as needed in addition to raising the height.

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  10. Lisa Rozario10:35 AM

    Love the old school map and the rug makes a great statement and grounds the space beautifully. I cannot see the entire length of sofa and round table against it but have you considered adding another round table - similar one perhaps something smaller or a couple of round nesting tables or even a square/rec table of same height but smaller. Just a thought. You do not have to get rid of something you really love in that space.

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  11. Alandval201110:45 AM

    My husband would never let me have that much input on the man cave.  I get to merely hint at suggestions of things but it's mostly all him. 
    You've done a lovely job!

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  12. Love that world map...simple way to add a sense of culture and travel to the room!

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  13. this room is looking great! i for one love the rug...and the map...and the travel posters. great lighting too—i'm assuming there is no natural light? that gives me hope for our basement to someday look bright and fresh!

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  14. ramblingrenovators11:16 AM

    I love how the room is coming together. The travel inspired decor is especially great - those posters are so fun!

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  15. ToniaG11:40 AM

    Where did you find the map?  It looks great.  We love to travel too and a lot of our souvenirs have found their way onto the basement built-ins.   We have a long expanse of wall between two doorways and a map might be just the right size for that area as it needs to be something larger.

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  16. Triciafike12:15 PM

    Looks awesome, love the rug.  Map is a score too, where did you get it?  I got one last year for $20 framed at an estate sale, best ES score EVER.
    Trish
    www.mash-upchic.blogspot.com

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  17. Purchased the map from an Etsy seller. I'll have to dig up the name.

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  18. No, no natural light. There are several 3 inch recessed lights in the ceiling.

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  19. My husband has no interest in decorating but he wants it to look nice. He had a few years to work on it himself if he wanted to but zero progress got made. Im definitely restricted in what I can do (since it has to be approved by him first) but as long as he likes it, he is happy not to do anything himself.

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  20. The table is really low so the little casters that would fit on the narrow base aren't going to make much of a difference. Was hoping for a better solution but if all else fails, at least it will move it up a bit.

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  21. Etsy. I have to find the sellers name to post with my source list.

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  22. ha. your hubs must be on to you and he just likes what you are doing.

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  23. That actually is totally genius. I think the Eileen Gray table is a lot higher than this one so it wouldn't relate but maybe I can find a cheaper knockoff with the same design that is lower. Smart!

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  24. Lindsay1:17 PM

    Oh what my husband would give for a man cave. The room is really looking good. We live in a 100 plus year old house also and thinking about finishing our attic for this purpose (our basement is basically a cellar with dirt floors) I really love your house by the way, I have used your blog for reference a million times from decoration to wood stripping products. Thanks!

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  25. We have an old map in our basement.  I used to use it to play school when I was little.  I loved pulling it down and then letting it fling back up when I was done with it.  Anyway, I love the idea of hanging it open on the wall.  I was going to get rid of it but now I'm going to hold on to it! 

    The room is looking great!

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  26. U know its looks  a great place to spend quality time even for just the two of you. If i may suggest.. how about adding a cooler.

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  27. Heidi @ Decor & More3:42 PM

    I love the coffee table, too -- what about a second even smaller one and they could work together eclectically?  It's looking good!  The school map is awesome. :)

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  28. Courtney Mac4:07 PM

    Where did ya get your rug? Love it!!

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  29. Love how everything is coming together.  Funny thing is that when I saw the alligator head, I immediately thought of a Thai rain drum to use as a coffee table.  Certainly would fit the travel motif you have going, in a fun way, at that. Thai rain drums are incredibly expensive so I'm thinking knock off or a good deal at an estate sale.  ;)   If you're not into switching out the table, (which I totally understand because it is a very nice piece), perhaps use the thai rain drum design as a way to solve your problem.  Lots of the drums have what I will call for lack of a better word, "projections" on the top.  http://www.raindrums.com/  The pic on this link shows a glass table top on one which elevates the height of the table.  It could be an easier fix to lift the top instead of the bottom.  Either by placing something that resembles those "pot feet" that lift a terra cotta pot off the ground so the water can drain.  (they are called pot feet and are made in different materials not just terra cotta).  By adding glass to the top, it elevates the table height, protects that gorgeous marble while still showcasing it, and probably costs a good deal less than trying to jerry-rig the metal table base.  Plus if you really had to anchor the "projections" to the marble, it could be done.  Just some thoughts. 

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  30. My husband has a similar alligator head!  Although, it looks a bit more serious and isn't "smiling".  I love it!

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  31. Great blog! Love the 'gator head (my son has one) ~ I'm a new follower!
    Best,
    Anne

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  32. Jordan@the2seasons7:48 AM

    Looking good.  I am a fan of the rug!

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  33. Its from Overstock. I don't recall the name off hand but if you look into the inspiration board post, the name is on there.

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  34. Britt8:03 PM

    Is this marble table higher? http://newyork.craigslist.org/wch/atq/2888476869.html

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  35. Maybe but not really the look I'm going for. Thanks for thinking of me though.

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  36. Maybe it's the rug, but the coffee table doesn't look as small as it did before...

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  37. I don't mind the width - just the height. It still feels too low to me but with the items on the table, it looks a little less tiny. That said, the hubs isn't happy with it so I have to come up with something.

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  38. Caitlin Ketcham5:31 PM

    It's looking great so far! If you don't mind me asking, what size is the rug? I've been eyeing the same one for my loft but I'm not sure if I should get a 6' x 9' one or an 8' x 10' one.

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  39. Thanks. It's the larger one - just under 8by10 I think.

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  40. Hi, I love what you did with the space, where did you get the couch, I've been searching far and wide from something like that.

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  41. TylersGirl051411:37 AM

    What about using a drum dolly as a base for the wee table? I don't know if that would make it too industrial looking, but they come in different diameters and finishes, & I'm sure you could paint one very easily. It's basically just a round metal frame that already has casters attached. It may give it enough height to suit your husband :) You can just google "drum dolly" to see exactly what I'm talking about. I think you can find some on amazon for around $50...not sure the diameter on those??? But just a thought! Hope you find a solution that works!

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